The third and the final test between India & New Zealand which ended on the 4th day itself is a test to remember for a long time. As usual Kohli after winning the toss choose to bat & India were in trouble at 100-3 in the 2nd session. With new Zealand showing the glimpse of bouncing back, the two young pillars of test Cricket, Virat Kohli & Ajinkya Rahane showed their power on the field. A 365 run Partnership between the two, displayed the sheer talent and Skill to the 23,000 attendance at Indore and other viewers all over the world. Kohli, on one hand scored a Captain’s Knock of 211 which consisted of 20 Fours. That once again showed his composure to bat and the way he loves taking responsibility on his shoulders. Whereas, Mr. Dependable i.e Ajinkya Rahane on the other hand played a master class of 188 with some attacking shots which flavoured his innings in a typical Mumbai Style Batting.
After Declaring at 557-5, Ashwin on the other hand wrapped up Kiwis for 299 in the first Innings with 6 wickets with a career best of 7-59 in the 2nd Innings reducing Kiwis for a mere 153. Ashwin’s performance has been absolute Stellar awarding him the Man of the Match & Man of the Series as well. India plays a test match and Ashwin takes a fifer is the current scenario in test cricket. While acquiring 27 wickets in 3 tests and a career stats of 39 tests and 220 Wickets Ashwin is a Superpower with pure dominance and lethal variations.
Let us shift a bit focus from Ashwin and talk about Pujara & Gambhir. They were the once who initially started the 2nd innings with aggression. Pujara by scoring 2 fifties in the previous tests, the stage was set for a big ton and he maximized his opportunity. Gambhir, on the other end by scoring a 50 gave us a glimpse of Gautam Gambhir of 2009. However, at the end it resulted in a whitewash & India to stay on top.
India, under Kohli is a much improved side and a pure Hindrance to opposition. Kohli, probably lived one of the best moments of his life by taking the Mace from former Cricketer Sunil Gavaskar. After Receiving he said “it’s heavy, but it feels great”. Same is the story for India, they have had Heavy & Hard working times, but now being on top it certainly feels great.
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Author Atharva Shetkar is B.com graduate from University of Mumbai. Currently he ispursuing Post Graduate Diploma In Management from Aditya Institute of Management Studies & Research. He comes from a teaching background as both his parents are Teachers in Respective Schools and Colleges.